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  1. Hi all! I'm a 3rd year currently doing clerkship. It's going well, but I don't have as much research experience as I'd like. I had one project that I was working on earlier this year that got derailed for a number of reasons (PI moved away, COVID, etc.), and that's it. I'm finding it difficult to start another research project from scratch during clerkship. I don't have connections in research so I'm just emailing people doing work I find interesting to see if I can contribute in some way, and so far, no success. I don't have any background in basic science research so that doesn't help... I'v
  2. On the CaRMS website, I can only find data on second iteration matching results for CMG graduates who went unmatched in their year of graduation, but no such data for how they do on the first iteration (i.e. their second time trying the first iteration). Does anyone have an idea how these people usually fare? What's the likelihood of success to match to one's specialty of choice if they failed to do so in their year of graduation? Which specialties are particularly welcome or unwelcome to such candidates? I know many try to get a spot in FM after failing to match in the first iterati
  3. Do you know why a program might not even rank an applicant? If a program doesn't rank someone after interviewing them, they should be prepared to have unfilled spots and I suppose that means they'd rather have the spot unfilled than to be filled with less-than-ideal candidates. And I'm wondering what's the general consensus on the bar that needs to be met to be considered viable enough to be ranked, even if pretty low. Does it take like a red flag or something to be unranked? Thanks
  4. Looking at data from past few years regarding R1 vacancies after the first iteration, and I'm surprised to sometimes see leftover spots in competitive specialties. For instance, in the last cycle, after the first iteration, 2 spots in urology at U of Alberta were still open. How does that happen? There were 3 urology applicants that year who went unmatched; is it just because those people didn't rank U of Alberta? Or could the school have rejected these applicants despite having open spots? I'm just not sure if I should be reading anything into these vacancies, in terms of competitiveness
  5. Wow this sounds nice! So I imagine some people would pick to do the 4 year program over the 5 year GIM program even if they had a choice, correct? Are there people who don't even do the MSM match because they simply want the 4 year program? I had the image in my head that the 4 year program is what unfortunate IM folks fall on, so it's nice to see that that's a misconception. Well I guess it's unfortunate for those who really hate GIM-type of work and only entered IM for something specific like cardio, but if I see myself enjoying GIM-type of work, then the MSM match becomes substantially less
  6. I have heard that if you do you first 3 years outside of Quebec, there are restrictions if you want to then apply for a fellowship in Quebec. I don't remember the details and I'm not even sure if I'm just misremembering altogether. Would be nice to have confirmation from someone who actually knows what they're talking about!
  7. Just a student but I don't think so. Looking at the latest MSM match, there were 57 spots in cardio offered and 63 residents who ranked cardio as their first choice discipline. Maybe there's more to it than that and maybe this was a good year, but that's nowhere near plastics or ophtho level. Edit: here's the report I was looking at: https://www.carms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/msm3e_2020.pdf
  8. Yikes that sounds pretty scary. I took a look at stats on the CaRMS website and it seems like, for the most part, there's a good 10-20% of people who don't manage to get their desired subspecialty. It's a minority for sure, but still a lot given the high stakes. What do these people end up doing? Do most of them manage to grab a spot in 2nd round? Or do they mostly end up doing the 4th year GIM training? For 2nd round matching, how does it work? What kind of options are typically available? For the R1 match, a lot of gunners who don't get what they want end up in FM; what's the FM counter
  9. Can you elaborate on why you think the IM subspecialty match is in your opinion harder than the carms match? Actually thinking about IM right now and this is something I want to know more about.
  10. There are people from different specialties I'd like to talk to to learn more about their job. But it feels a little weird just emailing a busy physician and going like "can I ask you to spend an hour just to talk to me", especially if I don't even know them (or barely know them). Is that a kosher thing to do?
  11. 1) How does the subspecialty match in IM work? Is it like CaRMS and you can apply to multiple subspecialties, or do you have to only go for one? 2) What happens if you go unmatched for IM subspecialty match? Is there a possibility of trying to match to that subspecialty again the next year? 3) Can subspecialists other than GIM folks still do GIM type of work if they so desire? I'm imagining a cardiologist who's new to the market and can't find full-time work and might want to do some general IM work in the meantime, or who feels like they need a breath of fresh air 10 years into thei
  12. Kind of as a flip question, could membership in an interest group harm your chances of matching if for instance a year or two later you decide that you actually want a different specialty?
  13. Hey guys! Starting clerkship as a 3rd year student soon, and I had a few questions. Looking for advice from more experienced folks and also to just discuss with fellow students in the same boat. For context, I'm at McGill, where we are given 6 weeks of electives as a block in 3rd year. 1) I know what specialty I'm interested in, but I don't know whether I should save all 8 weeks for 4th year or do a few weeks in 3rd year. I got a little unlucky and will be starting my clerkship with all my 3rd year electives weeks right off the bat. I'm afraid I'll be a little too inexperienced at this st
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